A Thorny PathA Thorny Path by Hesba Stretton.


A Thorny Path, the title taken from a German hymn, refers to a life that is not always rosy. Chance meetings, charitable deeds and hardships on London's streets combine into a heartwarming story. We follow a life weary Hagar that made a bad decision because of her extreme circumstances, a woman in whom blossomed spiritual renewal, and a person that modeled the love of Christ.—Curiosmith (2010)

The book thoroughly deserves the acceptance which it is sure to gain.—The Baptist(1908).

Hesba Stretton writes with deep pathos and tender feeling of the sufferings of the poor.—The Daily Chronicle (1908).

The book should be in all our homes and Sunday Schools.—The Sunday School Chronicle (1908).


  • Chapter 1 — In Kensington Gardens
  • Chapter 2 — Help in Need
  • Chapter 3 —A Long Night
  • Chapter 4 — A Day of Sadness
  • Chapter 5 — Forsaken
  • Chapter 6 — Mrs. Clack's Difficulty
  • Chapter 7 — Old Lister's Newsuit    
  • Chapter 8 — The Cares of this Life
  • Chapter 9 — A Troubled Conscience
  • Chapter 10 — Mrs. Clack's Holiday
  • Chapter 11 — Bad News for Don
  • Chapter 12 — Coming Home
  • Chapter 13 — Dot and Don in the World
  • Chapter 14 — No Sign from God
  • Chapter 15 — Don's Thanksgiving
  • Chapter 16 — Not Long for this World
  • Chapter 17 — Homeward
  • Chapter 18 — Grief and Gladness
  • Chapter 19 — A Shameful Verdict


  • Hagar — the women who leaves her father and her child.
  • Dot — the child of Hagar.
  • John Lister — The blind grandfather of Dot, Father of Hagar.
  • Don — boy who does odd work for Mrs. Clack.
  • Mrs. Clack — The store keeper.
  • Cripple Jack — the lame boy on crutches. 
  • Abbott — Nicknamed Paddington. He ran over Hagar.
  • Peggy Watson — Mrs. Clack helps her with her sick mother.

Important Scriptures:

  • John 15:13—Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
  • Revelation 7:16–17—They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.
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